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Roll out barrels, soak up some local color by stomping grapes

June 10, 2014

By Debbie Manis, Orlando Sentinel



June 10--Visitors can try stomping grapes during Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards' 24th annual Harvest Festival June 20-22.

Participants can compete in one of several grape-stomping competitions throughout the three-day event. Winners of each two-minute stomp-off will receive a prize.

Other activities include wine tasting, arts and crafts, wine tours, live music and food.

Airtight will entertain from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.June 20, and the Nightly Blues Band from 2 to 5 p.m.; June 21's performances will be Old Skool from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Baby Blues from 2 to 5 p.m.; and June 22's performances will include the Groovemasters from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Bobby Blackmon and the B3 Blues Band from 2 to 5 p.m.

A solo performance by Marc Clermont will be featured from 1 to 4 p.m.June 21 and 22 in the hospitality cellar on the second floor of the wine shop.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.June 20 and 21 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.June 22 at the winery, 19239 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont.

Vendors will offer food, wine, beer and other beverages.

Admission is a $2 donation toward Cornerstone Hospice Foundation.

Seating is limited; patrons can bring a lawn chair or blanket

Details: 352-394-8627 or lakeridgewinery.com.

Children's computer classes

Little Clickers computer class will be offered at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., for children ages 3 to 7 and their caregivers.

The class will teach basic computer skills and internet safety for young children. Lessons will include the parts of a computer, basic searching, how to drag-and-drop and staying safe online.

The program will help build a foundation for learning more advanced computer skills in the future, while also helping instill confidence and ease with technology.

A certificate of completion will be given to participants.

The three-week youth laptop lab program, which is funded by the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, will meet at 1 p.m. Mondays beginning July 14.

Space is limited. Registration is required by emailing Hannah Barreto at hannah.barreto@leesburgflorida.gov.

For more information, call 352-728-9790.

Caribbean cruise

Crafts for Cancer, an all-volunteer group that supports the Lake-Sumter Unit of the American Cancer Society, will receive donations for reservations made for the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas, a nine-day southern Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 29 from Port Canaveral to Labadee, Haiti; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.

The cost is $986 for an inside cabin; $1,046 for a promenade cabin; $1,116 for ocean-view cabin; and $1,546 for balcony cabin. Prices are based on double occupancy and include round-trip bus transportation (with a minimum of 30 passengers), all government fees and taxes. An initial deposit of $250 a person is required, and the final payment by Oct. 25.

Barn yard sale

Howey Horse Haven, a nonprofit horse rescue organization, will host its inaugural barn yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its facility, 22102 O'Brien Road, Howey-in-the-Hills. A 12-by-12-foot rental space is $10.

Proceeds will benefit the haven, which cares for abused, neglected and unwanted horses.

To reserve a space, make a donation or more information, call 352-223-8761 or email info@howeyhorsehavenrescue.org.

Volunteer auxiliary troopers

Volunteers are needed for the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary.

Auxiliary troopers are volunteers who help officers as an extra set of eyes and ears on the road, work security details at special events and participate in vehicle equipment and license checkpoints.

Volunteers go through extensive training and certification process.

For more information, visit fhpa.info or troop-d.org.

Girls Night Out

Girls ages 9 to 13 are invited to a giant slumber party from 7 p.m.July 11 to 8 a.m.July 12 in the lobby of the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St. There will be food, movies and games.

Chaperones will be present throughout the event. Cost is $25. To register online, go to bit.ly/1nKnff2.

For more information, stop by the Mount Dora Parks and Recreation office, 900 N. Donnelly St. or call 352-735-7183.

dmanis@tribune.com

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